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Jetson Center for Youth Honors Youth Receiving Welding Certification


BATON ROUGE, La – Eight youth residing at Jetson Center for Youth (JCY) in Baker will be recognized for achieving American Welding Society (AWS) certification through vocational classes offered at the facility. The youth will be recognized at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at JCY on November 7. Their families and potential employers have been invited to attend.

"We are building a system that serves youth," said Simon Gonsoulin, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Youth Development (OYD), which operates JCY. "The young men to be recognized for their efforts to become certified welders are proof that Jetson youth learn to make healthy decisions, turn their lives around, and can become productive, successful citizens."

Youth who are AWS certified will be able to obtain well-paid jobs upon their release, according to JCY welding instructor Oliver Myers, who noted that several employers have already indicated willingness to hire the certified youth when released.

Youth to be honored include Jasmine F., Travon H., Keioyon M., Andy N., Prince R., DeQuincy S., Silas T. and Stanley W. "We are so proud of these young men,” Mr. Myers said, "they have worked hard, done well, and will be able to go to work as soon as they go home. Four companies have agreed to hire our Jetson youth. The employers are ready to put them to work."

After taking welding classes at JCY, the students had to perform a sequence of welds, from simple to complex, that stood up to soundness testing by an independent, accredited lab, Mr. Myers said. The strength of the welds was determined and qualified by Gonzales X-Ray.

Mr. Myers is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Educator. Before coming to Jetson he taught at Central High School for 28 years, as well as at Baton Rouge Technical College and Associated Building Contractors.